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Garowe (Somali: Garoowe, Arabic: غاروي‎) is the administrative capital of the autonomous Puntland region in northeastern Somalia.


The area was ruled in the 19th century by the Majeerteen Sultanate. It would later be incorporated into Italian Somaliland. Garowe is located in the Nugal province, and is the seat of the regional parliament, the presidential palace and government ministries. A fast-growing city, it has also evolved into a local media and cultural hub.

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Garowe is situated in northeastern Somalia, in the heart of the Puntland region. Nearby settlements include to the east Gillab (4.8 nm), to the northeast Qalqalooc (15.3 nm), to the north Libaax Seexay (2.5 nm), to the northwest Geida Debabo (12.2), to the west Bixin (5.9 nm), to the southwest Lugo (6.0 nm), to the south Salaxley (5.3 nm), and to the southeast War Weytan (9.7 nm). The largest cities close to Garoowe are Qardho (205 km), Galkacyo (216 km) and Erigavo (275 km). Shimbiris, the highest peak in Somalia, is located some 293 km to the northwest in the Cal Madow mountain range.

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You can visit historical places and enjoy the city


Garowe is traversed by a 750 km north–south highway. It connects major cities in the northern part of the country, such as Bosaso and Galkayo, with towns in the south.[21] In 2012, the Puntland Highway Authority completed rehabilitation work on the central artery linking Garowe with Galkayo.[22] The transportation body also began an upgrade and repair project in June 2012 on the large thoroughfare between the city and Bosaso. Additionally, plans are in the works to construct new roads connecting littoral towns in the region to the main highway.[23] Local air transport needs are served by Garowe International Airport, a major new airport situated about 12 km from the city center. It was officially opened in 2010 under the aegis of the Ministry for Civil Aviation and Airports. The first phase of the airport's construction was completed through a public-private partnership over a period of seven years, with the Garowe-based Mubarak construction company having assisted significantly in completing the project. The airport also attempts to adhere to the air transport standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).[24]



Being the retail and fashion hub of Somalia it is no surprise that shopping is one of Garowe’s greatest pleasures. From the local suuqa injida (injimarket) and olympic shapping mall, to top end shopping malls and everything in between, you will be sure to find something to suit you budget and style.



Somali Shaah "Tea"


Garowe has more than 30 hotels which 10 of them are 3-stars and some are 4-star hotels like New Rays, RugsanMeka Hote, Rayan Park and Towfiq Hotel. Additionally, Garowe has various places of accommodation. Among these guest houses situated downtown.

  • Rayaan Park Hotel, isbartiibada Road (bus). Check-in: 2:00 pm, check-out: 2:00 pm. $15.


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